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The Top 3 Simple Ways to Prevent Vocal Strain When You Sing

by Tony Joett

posted in Arts and Entertainment

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If you have only experienced vocal strain when you sing and want to get out of that hell hole, then you will need to first understand the way your voice is actually meant to travel... especially when you sing. We normally speak from the throat, and when we shout (see some politicians), we would usually feel the strain in the throat also. So let's move away from talking and screaming for a moment. Let's say you now want to use your voice to sing. Now because we don't murmur when we sing, your natural reflex would be to shout because you want to be heard. This article will aim to show you how to retrain your voice to prevent vocal strain when you sing.
The more you think of the pain to your throat caused by your attempts to sing like a pro, the more you'll come to realize that there has to be a better way. Don't you ever wonder how the stars do it? Well, it all comes down to training the voice so that your larynx muscles stay relaxed when you sing--which brings me to my next point--the top 3 ways to prevent vocal strain.
You're going to be amazed to discover just how effective a small and simple training exercise is able to completely transform the way you use your voice, so that pain and strain become a thing of the past. Some experts say that until you've applied speech level singing technique to your vocal training, complete control over your vocals will for always be nothing but an illusion to you.
I will begin by recommending that you do the lip roll to begin with. It involves lightly placing your finger tips on your cheeks (maybe with just a little bit of pressure) and then creating a sound with your lips closed--like a bubble. My next recommendation is the tongue trill, which is basically placing your tongue on the roof of your mouth and making a sound with 'RR.' These two exercises have one thing in common. Because they're lighter, they'll allow you to navigate your range with a lot more ease and flexibility. My third and final recommendation is to do the humming. For all of the above 3 exercises, please note that they can all be done with almost any scale to the piano.
I wonder if you've realized, just by doing the above exercises, how simple and easy it is to prevent vocal strain when you sing. Now let me tell you how your voice is meant to travel, so that when you're doing your exercises you pay particular attention to this fundamental element. First, you should feel your voice in your chest area, and the higher you go, that voice should feel like it is traveling through the back of your neck and into your head, hence the term head voice. If you're the kind of person that needs to prevent vocal strain, now you know exactly what to do to prepare your voice to sing like a pro.
About the Author: Joett is a celebrated Tanzanian vocal coach and newspaper columnist. His "Letters From A Vocal Coach" column is published in Business Times every Friday. He also offers Tutorial Video Clips on YouTube, and recommends High Quality Vocal Improvement Products on Joett Music Blog

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